The Knights of Prosperity
By Melissa Camacho,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Misguided Robin Hoods miss their mark.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Stealing is presented as a noble cause, but the motivation to rob Mick Jagger's apartment is really for selfish reasons. The Knights are of various races and ethnic backgrounds; the group includes a woman. Mick Jagger's assistant is Asian. Women are often objectified. The Knights' meeting place is a Jewish supply company, so menorahs and other Judaica are clearly visible.
Violence & Scariness
The Knights aren't really violent, and some members are uncomfortable with guns. But guns are visible.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Strong sexual innuendo, as well as rather graphic discussions of sex and sexual pleasure. In one scene, prostitutes are introduced to help one member of the group lose his virginity. Many of the guys attempt to fondle and/or attract the attention of Esperanza, the only female Knight. Mick Jagger's seemingly androgynous assistant presents some uncomfortable (for the characters) sexual undertones.
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"Damn," "bitch," etc.
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Products & Purchases
E! Entertainment television is featured. Music icon Mick Jagger and his wardrobe and discussions of Rolling Stones music are also present.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Adults drink alcohol and smoke cigarettes and cigars.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this intentionally quirky sitcom follows a novice criminal gang's efforts to rob rock icon Mick Jagger in order to help them finance their personal dreams. Viewers are expected to root for them even though the reasons behind the heist are mostly selfish. Parents also need to know that this show contains strong sexual innuendo and often objectifies women.
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What's the Story?
THE KNIGHTS OF PROSPERITY centers on Eugene Gurkin (Donal Logue), a night-shift custodian who comes up with a plan to burgle rock-n-roll icon Mick Jagger's luxurious Central Park apartment in order to finance his own dream of opening a bar. Eugene recruits a team of other hardworking "average" folks to help him pull off the heist: fellow janitor Francis "Squatch" Squacieri (Lenny Venito), taxi driver Gourishankar "Gary" Subramaniam (Maz Jobrani), and warehouse security guard Rockefeller Butts (Kevin Michael Richardson). The group, which calls itself "The Knights of Prosperity," is later joined by sultry waitress Esperanza Villalobos (Sofia Vergara) and nerdy college student Louis Plunk (Josh Grisetti). The Knights are basically good (if sometimes crass) people who reject guns and violence and commit themselves to donating whatever any excess loot to their favorite charity. They view themselves as modern-day (albeit misguided) Robin Hoods who are stealing from the rich to help the poor, and their attempts to use strategies reminiscent of Ocean's Eleven -- combined with their lack of criminal experience and their unique brand of street smarts -- lead to a few funny moments.
Is It Any Good?
The series, which expects viewers to root for the Knights, shows how its members begin gaining self-esteem and feeling a sense of hope about their future as they work together to stage the perfect crime. But while this might help viewers sympathize with them, the fact remains that their cause really isn't that noble. Unlike Robin Hood, their true motivation isn't to help others, but rather to escape the day-to-day grind of their working-class life. And unlike the Ocean's Eleven gang, they aren't honest with themselves about the fact that they're engaging in criminal behavior.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about why people commit crimes. Is there any crime that can really be considered noble or acceptable? What if the crime doesn't seem to really hurt someone, like stealing money from rich people? Do you think the show's premise could ever happen in real life? Why is it funny in this context? Families can also discuss how people can achieve their dreams without engaging in inappropriate behavior. How can you reach your goals despite a lack of money or education?
- Premiere date: January 3, 2007
- Cast: Donal Logue, Lenny Venito, Maz Jobrani
- Network: ABC
- Genre: Comedy
- TV rating: TV-PG
- Last updated: October 13, 2022
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